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Google forced to temporarily deactivate copy protection for Android apps

Google has been forced to temporarily deactivate a security feature in Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) intended to make it harder to pirate paid-for apps. The feature resulted in some purchased apps no longer working after devices on which they were installed on were restarted, requiring the user to reconfigure or even reinstall them. According to a bug report on Google Code, affected apps include several live wallpapers and applications with widgets or access to Google’s account system. Continue reading Google forced to temporarily deactivate copy protection for Android apps

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Flash flaw being used to deliver email based attacks

Adobe on Friday issued an emergency patch for a critical bug in its Flash Player software that is being used in targeted malware attacks.

Updating to Flash version 11.2.202.235 for Windows, Macintosh and Linux closes an “object confusion” vulnerability that, if exploited, could cause an application crash or, worse, lead to the takeover of a system, according to a bulletin.

Adversaries currently are delivering emails containing the exploit as part of an attachment. Right now, only users of Internet Explorer for Windows are being hit.

Flash for Android-based mobile devices also have been updated. If the software is installed on Google’s Chrome browser, it automatically was updated so users don’t need to take any action.

Users are advised to patch as soon as possible.

Android malware spreads via website-injection campaigns

The Android platform continues to be a popular playground for malicious activity, with hijacked websites now being found that spread malware, researchers said Thursday.

According to a Symantec blog post, Android devices are being infected with a trojan thanks to website-injection campaigns that prompt an automatic download of a fake Android security update. Continue reading Android malware spreads via website-injection campaigns

USB-based Threats Persist Despite Years of Software Updates

Bitdefender OfficeAccording to numbers coming from Internet security firm Bitdefender, Autorun-based threats, which typically spread via infected USB sticks, were responsible for 12 percent of global infections in the first quarter of 2012. Despite the fact that the Autorun feature was eliminated from operating systems in Windows Vista SP1 in 2008, worms that take advantage of the feature continue to infect systems worldwide.

“The magnitude of this threat — so many years after it should have disappeared — is astonishing,” said Catalin Cosoi, chief security researcher, Bitdefender. “Some of the heavy-hitters of the virus world, such as Downadup and Stuxnet, spread this way — prevention should be a simple matter.” Continue reading USB-based Threats Persist Despite Years of Software Updates

Is Your Smartphone Safe?

Smartphone Security TipsThe recent move by the FCC and major cell phone carriers to create a database of stolen phones is in response to the danger your smartphone is in from thieves who want to steal and then sell them for profit. What about the hackers who just want the information from your phone – and then hope you continue using it to make financial transactions? Continue reading Is Your Smartphone Safe?

Spam is down, but malware is as hot as ever, Symantec finds

Off-the-shelf exploit toolkits provided the fuel to launch a record number of attacks last year, according to Symantec’s latest “Internet Security Threat Report.”

Released Monday, the report documented that Symantec products successfully blocked 5.5 billion “malicious attacks” in 2011, a surge of 81 percent over the previous year, with the number of  malware strains rising to more than 400 million. Continue reading Spam is down, but malware is as hot as ever, Symantec finds

Ad-supported apps leave smartphones in high-power states, drain batteries By Casey Johnston

Ad-supported apps leave smartphones in high-power states, drain batteries

Apps can stick hardware into a high-power-usage state even when they’re not in use, resulting in excess power use.